Yesterday I buried a friend, an inspirational man who I was lucky enough to call a friend. Crucially he was not only a class warrior, but he was an organiser and and a proud anarchist, so his dream for a new world lives on. Like Joe Hill he will never die, because that vision cannot be killed, we will carry on in the struggle to make that world anew, because neither us nor the planet deserve anything less.
Alan Mac Simóin May he Riot in Peace
Utah Phillips – IWW preamble
Theater company for The Borstal boy – The Laughing Boy –
The Dubliners – Free the People
Little Richard – Rip it up
The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
Gene Vincent – Crazy Beat
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Pete Seeger – Casey Jones
Howard Zinn – Are you an Anarchist (The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti- excerpt)
it’s been a while…but the renewed interest in the band following the ‘Everything’ box set prompted us to rethink the old adage that ‘it’s not going to happen’, wondering instead whether it COULD happen- ‘us’ at that point was Dick and Jasper talking in the back of the van after a Citizen Fish gig. The main thing was finding someone who could adequately fill the enormous gap left when Nige passed on- we asked Alex, who plays trumpet for CF [and played guitar and sang for Bender], as he had the ability, and the urge… Bill was only too keen to unpack his kit, and in January we had the first of several practices. And it’s working! We’ll be doing a UK tour in October in as much free time as we currently have, and trying to reach as many areas as possible. See you somewhere on the way!
The introductory podcast of the 1913 Unfinished Business series on the centenary of the Dublin Lock-out. The team look at Ireland and Dublin in the early twentieth century and introduce two of the key protagonists of the battle, the ITGWU’s Jim Larkin and the employers’ leaders William Martin Murphy. Historian Dr. Conor Kostick speaks about the genesis of the Lock-out, its politics and how it developed. We finish by asking what relevance the 1913 Lock-out has in our society one hundred years on.
Featuring: Moira Murphy, Kevin Brannigan, Donal Fallon, Shane Fitzgerald, Rónán Burtenshaw. Recording: Thom McDermott. Artwork: Moira Murphy. With thanks to: Dr. Conor Kostick, Barra Hamilton, John Tighe, Eoin Griffin, Fiona Dunkin, Pádraig Madden and Aoife Campbell.